Becoming a Student

The Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies offers flexible and affordable online degree and certificate programs that were created for working adults.

School for Professional Studies student.

Whether you want to increase your earning potential, be promoted in your current field or change careers, we designed our programs with you in mind.

  • All of your classes are online — study when and where it’s convenient for you.
  • You’ll take shorter, eight-week classes rather than traditional semester-long classes. Earn up to 30 credits a year to complete your educational goals faster.
  • Since we offer five, eight-week terms, you can start your studies anytime during the year. Terms begin in January, March, June, August and October.
  • You’ll receive a quality education from Saint Louis University at a reduced rate. Military, veterans and first-responders pay only $400 per credit hour.
  • SLU accepts transfer credits and offers credit for prior learning through the American Council of Education, the College-Level Examination Program and the United States Department of Defense DSST examinations.

How to Become a Student

Step One: Get more information.

  • Research our online degree programs to figure out which is the right fit for you. SLU’s School for Professional Studies offers nine different undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees, and more than a dozen minor and certificate program options.
  • Attend an information session. The School for Professional Studies hosts multiple open houses and information sessions throughout the year. This is your opportunity to learn what it takes to succeed with online studies at SLU and to chat with admissions counselors and faculty.
  • Contact the School for Professional Studies. Fill out an information request form to contact our admissions office and receive more information on our programs, as well as reminders about upcoming deadlines.

Step Two: Fill out an online application.

Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. If you’re interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree or certificate, you can start your free online application through SPS. If you plan on pursuing a graduate degree, you can start your application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Step Three: Submit your official transcripts.

If you are seeking a degree or if you are seeking a certificate and don’t have a bachelor's degree, you must submit your official transcripts from all previous higher education work. If you have never attended college or have less than 15 hours of transferable college credits, you will need to provide official high school or GED transcripts.

If you’re seeking a certificate and you have a bachelor's degree, you need only provide an official transcript from your primary higher education institution or evidence of a high school diploma or GED.

Non-degree applicants only need to provide unofficial copies as needed for prerequisites.

Ask each school to mail official transcripts directly to:

SLU School for Professional Studies
3840 Lindell Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63108.

You may download our transcript request form to use when requesting transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Step Four: Meet your admission counselor.

Once you’ve applied and we’ve received your transcripts, reach out to your admissions counselor to discuss the status of your application and your educational goals. Appointments are available on campus or over the phone.

During your admission meeting, you will receive an official academic plan that outlines how many of your credits will transfer in and your exact path to graduation. A writing or math assessment test may be necessary when meeting if you’re bringing in little or no transfer credits for these areas.

Admission

Once you’re admitted into the School for Professional Studies, you may begin taking courses in the next available term. If applicable, a letter identifying official acceptance of transfer hours will be forwarded when your official transcripts have been received and evaluated.

If you have questions about the admission process or the status of your application, call 314-977-2330 or 800-734-6736.

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